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George Santayana
December 16, 1863 - September 26, 1952
Nationality: American
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: American Philosopher

Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.


Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.


One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.


Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers because they expect too much.


Oaths are the fossils of piety.


To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.


Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.


It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well.


Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.


Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.


Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.


The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and humane reflection: it is scholastic and proper to the Middle Ages and to Germany.


All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.


To reform means to shatter one form and to create another; but the two sides of this act are not always equally intended nor equally successful.


The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.


America is a young country with an old mentality.


A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.


The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.


Sanity is a madness put to good use.


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